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Closing Gaps Towards the 2020 Vision

Panama City, 14th to 18th September 2015

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Our Conference


The regional conference of Co-operatives of the Americas is the most important co-operative event of the year at the continental level: a moment to meet, debate and share experiences about the most relevant issues for the present and future of cooperation in this region. This is when representatives of co-operatives and of the organizations or institutions connected with them, come together from all of the countries in the continent to participate.

Participantes
+800

participants

Meet with co-operators, managers, specialists and leaders from the region and around the world.

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activities

Keynote speeches, thematic and sectoral meetings, dialogues, panels, forums and good practice showcases.

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speakers

Leading specialists and co-operators with experience in the topics to be addressed at the event.

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Closing Gaps Towards the 2020 Vision

As all cooperators in the Americas are aware, in 2012 the General Assembly of the International Co-operative Alliance approved the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade, also known as “the 2020 Vision”, proposing that by 2020 the co-operative form of business become:
• the acknowledged leader in economic, social and environmental sustainability;
• the model preferred by people;
• the fastest growing form of enterprise.

After an in-depth analysis of global trends, the International Co-operative Alliance stated in the 2020 Vision that “by 2020, poverty will have increased, the plight of young people will have deteriorated, and global warming will be having more frequent impacts on everyday life”.

The Main Objective of the Conference is therefore to:
• Open a space of reflection and discussion to identify main advances and challenges in consolidating the region’s co-operative business model, and its acknowledgement as (a) the leader in economic, social and environmental sustainability; (b) the model preferred by people; and (c) the fastest growing form of enterprise.

The specific objectives set out for the event are the following::
• Analyse the main difficulties faced by the region to achieving the objectives of participation, sustainability, identity, judicial aspect and capital and propose solutions
• Share successful experiences that prove co-operation is the best enterprise model to face economic, political, social and environmental challenges faced by societies in the Americas region
• Stimulate the debate of ideas and proposals to generate the conditions for an effective coordination, exchange and common action among co-operatives of the Americas, that would allow the consolidation of their enterprise model for the year 2020.

The Conference will be a meeting ground for representatives of these co-operatives and diverse sectors of civil society in the region, including NGOs, other organizations of the solidarity economy, co-operative promotion and development bodies, academia, international entities, government officials, and legislators, in order to analyze the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade and draw the conclusions necessary for consolidation of the co-operative business model by 2020.

2015 is midway through the “Co-operative Decade” making this Regional Conference a propitious moment to take stock and reflect on strides made by co-operatives in the Americas and the obstacles encountered, and to systematize the lessons learnt, drawing conclusions and orienting strategies so that as 2020 finalizes, the co-operative movement in the Americas is fully consolidated.

Clearly, the participation of co-operators of the Americas is vital to achieving the 2020 Vision, so we look forward to seeing you at the Conference, the most important co-operative event in the region.

Testimonials

I love these conferences in the Americas. They are very vibrant, they are full of energy and you get a sense of our cooperative movement that really is thriving, prospering; with people wanting to create more and more. They are a decisive contribution to the work of the Alliance. Dame Pauline Green
President of the International Co-operative Alliance
We are very pleased at the level of enthusiasm and commitment we’ve seen in the Americas region toward the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade. They’ve taken the initiative in some areas, making proposals that have served as inspiration in defining strategies at the world level. We’re sure the same will happen in Panama. Charles Gould
Director-General of the International Co-operative Alliance
Our regional conferences are a key moment. Meeting up face-to-face with those who give life to the co-operative movement is enriching and gratifying. We know this is also a valuable time for everyone who makes the effort to be there, so each year we strive to achieve better results than at previous occasions. Ramón Imperial
President of Co-operatives of the Americas
To reach the ambitious objectives we’ve set with the 2020 Vision, it is critical for organizations of our movement to appropriate the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade and make it their own. This is why the central purpose of this new regional conference in Panama is to take substantial strides in that direction, with sure and firm steps. Manuel Mariño
Regional Director of Co-operatives of the Americas

Why should you participate in our Regional Conference?

punto Be part of a global movement

Co-operatives of the Americas is the regional expression of the apex body for co-operative integration worldwide.Learn about and join the global initiatives and projects giving shape to the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade, and pursue the 2020 Vision.

punto Find new approaches and solutions to the problems of your co-operative

The conference is a unique opportunity to find out about other co-operatives’ experience tackling the same challenges and difficulties you face. Hear their stories and lessons first hand and apply them in your own organization.

punto Networking

The conference agenda includes numerous activities convoked by the thematic committees and sector organizations. Meet up with co-operators in your own sector who have the same concerns, and take advantage to make agreements on collaboration and coordination beyond the conference.

punto Expand your capacities and knowledge

As customary, conference speakers will be top-notch specialists with extensive experience and knowledge of the main themes addressed at the event. Learn about the latest trends in academic thinking on economic and social development.

Programme


This is the agenda of the Regional Conference. More information will be provided as we approach to the event so we invite you to revisit this page for updates.

Monday September 14, 2015
8:00 - 18:00
Registration
Location: Registration salon
All participants of the Regional Conference may register if they didn't previously and get the briefcase with the corresponding materials and certificate of participation.
9:00 - 18:00
Co-operatives of the Americas Regional Board Meeting
(closed activity)
Location: TBA
Closed activity - 60th Co-operatives of the Americas Regional Board Ordinary Meeting
Tuesday September 15, 2015
CAPITAL
8:00 - 18:00
Registration
Location: Registration salon
All participants of the Regional Conference may register if they didn't previously and get the briefcase with the corresponding materials and certificate of participation.
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome
Location: Plenary hall
Welcome message to participants in the Regional Conference.
9:10 - 10:10
Opening Address: "Economy, power and development: the role of cooperatives"
Pauline Green President of the International Cooperative Alliance
Location: Plenary hall
Inaugural keynote address of the XIX Regional Conference
10:10 - 10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30
Panel on CAPITAL
Location: TBA
10:30 - 18:00
IX Meeting of Parliamentarians
(closed activity)
Location: TBA
Closed activity - IX Meeting of the Network of Parliamentarians related to Co-operatives of the Americas
11:30 - 12:30
Co-operative Dialogue: Participant Q & A
Location: TBA
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 18:00
Workshop on Public Policies and Advocacy
Location: TBA
14:00 - 18:00
XI Gender Equity Meeting
Location: TBA
14:00 - 18:00
XI Youth Meeting
Location: TBA
14:00 - 18:00
III Workers' Co-operatives Meeting
Location: TBA
14:00 - 18:00
II Agriculture Cooperative sector meeting
Location: TBA
19:30 - 21:00
Opening Ceremony
Location: TBA
21:00 - 24:00
Cocktail
Location: TBA
Wednesday September 16, 2015
SUSTAINABILITY
8:00 - 18:00
Registration
Location: Registration salon
All participants of the Regional Conference may register if they didn't previously and get the briefcase with the corresponding materials and certificate of participation.
9:00 - 10:00
Keynote Speech 1:"A regional balance of the impact of the Millennium Develoment Goals. Perspectives for the Sustainable Development Goals. "
Adrián Rodríguez, Chief, Agricultural Development Unit, ECLAC
Location: Plenary hall
First Keynote Speech of the Regional Conference
10:00 - 18:00
V Meeting of Promotion Entities
(closed activity)
Location: TBA
Closed activity - V Meeting of Institutions for Cooperative Promotion, Development, Supervision and Credit
10:00 - 11:00
Panel on SUSTAINABILITY
Location: TBA
11:00 - 12:00
Co-operative Dialogue: Participant Q & A
Location: TBA
12:00 - 12:30
Welcome Ceremony for New Members and Acknowledgment of Co-operatives
Location: TBA
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 18:00
VI Financial and Insurance Meeting
Location: TBA
14:00 - 18:00
XI Gender Equity Meeting cont.
Location: TBA
14:00 - 18:00
XI Youth Meeting cont.
Location: TBA
14:00 - 18:00
III Worker's Co-ooperatives Meeting cont.
Location: TBA
14:00 - 18:00
II Agriculture Cooperative sector meeting cont.
Location: TBA
Thursday September 17, 2015
PARTICIPATION and GOVERNANCE
8:00 - 18:00
Registration
Location: Registration salon
All participants of the Regional Conference may register if they didn't previously and get the briefcase with the corresponding materials and certificate of participation.
9:00 - 9:45
Keynote Speech 3: "Towards the renewal of the cooperative movement in the context of the social economy"
Luis Razeto, Philosopher and Professor in solidarity economy
Location: Plenary hall
Second Keynote Speech of the Regional Conference
9:45 - 10:30
Keynote Speech 4: "Building A Better World Now"
Howard Brodsky, Co Founder, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of CCA Global Partners, Inc.
Location: Plenary hall
Third Keynote Speech of the Regional Conference
10:30 - 11:00
Co-operative Dialogue: Participant Q & A
Location: TBA
11:00 - 12:00
Panel on PARTICIPATION and GOVERNANCE
Location: TBA
12:00 - 12:30
Co-operative Dialogue: Participant Q & A
Location: TBA
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 18:00
VI Financial and Insurance Meeting cont.
Location: TBA
14:00 - 18:00
Forum on Good Governance and Cooperative Social Responsibility
Location: TBA
14:00 - 18:00
Forum on Co-operative Education
Location: TBA
14:00 - 18:00
Forum on Information and Communication: Strengthening Cooperative Identity and Marque
Location: TBA
14:00 - 18:00
Legislation Commission Meeting
(closed activity)
Location: TBA
Closed activity
Friday September 18, 2015
LEGAL FRAMEWORKS
9:00 - 10:00
Panel on LEGAL FRAMEWORKS
Location: Plenary hall
10:00 - 11:00
Co-operative Dialogue: Participant Q & A
Location: TBA
11:00 - 11:30
Cofee Break
11:30 - 12:30
Closing Address:"The exercise of solidarity and social inclusion for the reduction of the gaps in development."
Priest Graziano Mason, President of Maquita Cushunchic "Marketed as Brothers" Foundation
Location: TBA
Closing Keynote Speech of the Regional Conference.
12:30 - 13:00
Co-operative Dialogue: Participant Q & A
Location: TBA
13:00 - 13:30
Closing Activity
Location: TBA
13:30 onwards
Free
20:00
Closing Dinner
Location: TBA
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Registration


The following table shows the cost of registration to participate in the XIX Regional Conference for the different categories of participants:.

REPRESENTANTIVES OF COST
International organizations members of the Alliance 550
International organizations non-members of the Alliance 650
Panamanian organizations members of the Alliance 500
Panamanian organizations non-members of the Alliance 600
Acompanying person 200
NOTE: All values are in US Dollars

The registration fee entitles you to:
Participation in all Conferences, Working Sessions, Forums and Sectoral Meetings
Briefcase with respective materials
Certificate of participation
Contacts with national and international organizations, development agencies and NGOs
Special rate for lodging at the host hotel
Lunches on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th
Refreshments
Opening cocktail and cultural activities
Closing dinner and show

Special discount

Group discount: When registering as a group on line, automatically one free registration will be applied for every eleven participants. Discount applies to all participants pertaining to the same organization.

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Venue hotel

The venue hotel of the XIX Regional Conference of Co-operatives of the Americas will be the Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis. Set in a striking 66-storey tower overlooking Panama’s oceanfront, Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis features a spa, outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi. There are 4 restaurants, 6 bars, a rooftop lounge and a nightclub.

Each spacious, stylish room at Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis has contemporary décor. There is a TV and air conditioning, and the bathroom includes Hard Rock Spa toiletries. Free internet access and free breakfast are included with the rate. The hotel spa features a sauna and steam baths. The infinity pool offers a poolside terrace with sun loungers, a bar and panoramic city views.

MultiCentro Mall and Majestic Casino are located next to the hotel. The oceanfront Cinta Costera Park is 100 metres away. The famous Panama Canal is a 10-minute drive from the Hard Rock Hotel, while Metropolitano Nature Reserve is 3 km away. Marcos A Gelabert International Airport can be reached in 15 minutes by car.

Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis
Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis
Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis
Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis
Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis
Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis
Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis
Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis
Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis
Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis

The following rates only apply to reservations made through this website.

ACCOMMODATION RATE
Single Room 129,00
Double Room 129,00
Triple Room 196,90
NOTA: All values are in US Dollars and include breakfast and internet. Prices do not include VAT (10%).
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About Panama

Panama, a word in indigenous language that can mean abundance in fish, trees or butterflies, contains through its mere name a seductive appeal. Unique landform in the waist of the American continent is in many ways, the best-kept secret of the region. As a touristic destination it withholds an unforeseen potential given the infinite amount of development possibilities every day.

Panama is an isthmus bathed by two seas, with thousands of island, butterflies, and orchids. It’s a country full of spirit that has come in modern life and made Panama the banking center of the Americas, with an increasing architecture of skyscrapers. The variety of ecosystems is an invitation for the practice of eco-tourism. For the visitors it’s an opportunity to enjoy hiking through a wide range of national parks. Beyond the opportunities to explore the natural beauties in the jungle and forests, the environment and scenery allow sports such as diving, fishing and sailing through the coastline, beaches, coral reefs, and one of kind islands. Some places even have a large reputation due to their monumental beauty such as Portobelo beach, in the province of Colón, Bocas del Toro, Kuna Yala and its 365 islands; Coiba National Park, the Archipiélago de las Perlas, among other paradisiac places.

Panama City

Panama City is the capital of Panama and has been traditionally been the political, economical, administrative and cultural center of the Republic. It’s history is intimately related to the construction of one of the wonders of engineering of the XX century, the Panama Canal, as well as one of the largest financial and service center of Latin America. Panama also has a long trajectory as an important headquarter for meetings and events. A city of business by excellence, now a days multiple conferences are held in Panama with participants from all over the world.

The city counts with and center of cosmopolitan art from both national and international artists. Some of these are the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC), the Anthropological Museum Reina Torres de Aráuz (MARTA), the Panama Museum La Vieja and the Interoceanic Museum.

The gastronomical choices of the city are wide as you can find colorful establishments of popular food as well as world class restaurants offering Panamanian, Japanese, Korean, European, Chinese, Caribbean, fusion, Argentinian among others. Restaurants are also found in a variety of environments including executive types in the business zone of the City, typical restaurants, in eco touristic zones, as well as international fast food restaurants.

On the south side Panama City is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean waters, and in the north by the forestall reserve of La Cuenca del Canal which make it one of the few cities in the world with national parks and diversity in flora and fauna. This allows visitors to enjoy the journey through the Canal and of other outdoor activities such as fishing, golfing, surfing, eco tourism among others. For the fans of nightlife, the city, given its historical cosmopolitan vocation, it offers a variety of ambiances, including the native, Caribbean, Western, oriental and Middle Eastern, for all tastes.

Places of interest

The National Theater regularly presents concerts, symphonies, operas and dances including folk from ethnic groups. Other attractions include: the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Plaza Bolivar, the Presidential Palace, the Summit Botanical Garden and the Soberanía National Park.

The Calzada de Amador, a set of islands connected amongst each other with view to the Puente de las Americas, and a blue ocean, allows bicycle rides, walking and exercising. It also counts with recreational areas and restaurants of international food and typical restaurants.

The facilities of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute are located here as well as the Marine Exhibition Center, which is open to the public with educational video presentations and live exhibitions of corals, seashells, starfish with the unique feature of interacting and touching the creatures. A telescope is also installed to observe the ships anchored in the bay.

The Metropolitan Natural Park is a tropical jungle where over 200 species of birds, monkeys, reptiles and other animals inhabit. "Mi Pueblito" ("My Little Town") is a live museum built in the city that recreates customs and folkloric traditions. Visitors can enjoy typical food in the restaurant from authentic clay tableware.

Panama City is a privileged shopping center with a variety of options. Form the traditional shopping centers in avenues, to the new and modern shopping malls. The main shopping centers are: Albrook Mall, Mall Multiplaza Pacific, Metromall, Mall Multicentro, El Dorado and Los Pueblos.

Sponsors


We invite you to participate as sponsor of the most important co-operative event in the continent, attended by the sector’s foremost leaders and most representative organizations. This international event is an opportune window for making your products and services known to a market segment in constant economic, social and technological development.

If you would like more information about the different sponsorship options, write to us now at aciproductos@aciamericas.coop, and we’ll be contacting you shortly.

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